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Case 400 Diesel Pros - Cons

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03-14-2020 08:09:12

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I am going to an auction where there is a Case 400 diesel with an eagle hitch. I have not seen it run, but it looks a little rough with rusty sheet metal and a dirty greasy engine, and no rear tread.

I have never owned a Case and my question here is... is this a tractor to stay away from because of inherent problems, or is it worth buying if the price is low. With people scared to spend money now because this pandemic, I am thinking this might be a $1200 to $1500 sale which I would do if the tractor were worth it.

Can all the parts and gaskets still be bought at Case for doing engine overhauls and repairing injector?

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03-15-2020 20:55:38

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 Re: Case 400 Diesel Pros - Cons in reply to chas036, 03-14-2020 08:09:12  
If it runs decent you should be ok. As others have said the hardest things to find are injector pump parts. I went through my 400 from the radiator cap to the draw bar. I was able to find all of the parts that I needed or made my own.

Good luck!

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jon f mn

03-15-2020 16:37:42

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 Re: Case 400 Diesel Pros - Cons in reply to chas036, 03-14-2020 08:09:12  
The good news on the injection pump is I know where there is a replacement if you need it. Also if it is bad you can change over to an in-line pump off a later model fairly easy if you have a donor tractor. Otherwise they are tough old tractors. Here is mine I've been working on for a long time.

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fred goodrich

03-14-2020 14:54:52

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 Re: Case 400 Diesel Pros - Cons in reply to chas036, 03-14-2020 08:09:12  
Selling a original 400 Saturday runs the best, sure it's greasy and showing some rust but picture it painted. How many do you see original and not all butchered up?

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03-14-2020 12:22:03

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 Re: Case 400 Diesel Pros - Cons in reply to chas036, 03-14-2020 08:09:12  
Unless you SEE it start OK at the sale, I would not buy ANY tractor with the American Bosch PSB pump as there are NO hard parts available anymore. They are a royal pain to repair as several pumps may be needed to get enough parts to make one that actually works..

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John Saeli

03-14-2020 08:32:46

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 Re: Case 400 Diesel Pros - Cons in reply to chas036, 03-14-2020 08:09:12  
From your description, not worth $1,000, not even close, and it won't bring that. As for the CASE Dealer?? They will laugh at you. Don Livingston and ourselves can help with a restoration. Everything for the engine we both stock. However the injection pump can be a nightmare. They tend to seize from setting, and the shaft inside will break, unless removed from the tractor and sent to a qualified shop.

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